Now, its time to have a look at How to Create a Custom Filter in ASP.NET MVC, in which you can specify your own authentications or handling etc. In our ASP.NET applications, we have use custom built filters a lot for different purposes. So, let’s have a look at How to Create a Custom Filter in ASP.NET MVC:
Create a Custom Filter in ASP.NET MVC
- In ASP.NET MVC, custom filters are handled by a base class named as ActionFilterAttribute.
- This ActionFilterAttribute class implements both IActionFilter & IResultFilter.
- Although ASP.NET MVC has numerous built-in filters but in many cases, there comes a need for custom rules or handles.
- In such cases, we need to design our custom Filters using ActionFilterAttribute.
- In your Solution Explorer, right click on the Main project and click on Add and then click on New Folder.
- It will create a New Folder in your project, rename it to ActionFilter.
- Now, right click on this ActionFilter folder and click Add and then Class, as we want to add new class in it, as shown in below figure:
- It will open up a new pop up window, where you need to select class and then give it a name.
- I have given a name TEPCustomActionFilter.cs to my Filter class file, as shown in below figure:
- Now click the Add Button and a new class will be added in your ActionFilter folder and will also open up in your workspace.
- It will have some default code in it, as shown in below figure:
- Let’s add some code in our newly created filter class, as shown in below figure:
- We need to derive this class from ActionFilterAttribute that why I have extended the class name.
- We need to include System.Web.Mvc in order to use ActionFilterAttribute.
- In the class, I have created a simple function in which I am displaying a text on the output debug pane, after the execution of my project.
- So, we have created our custom filter, now it’s time to add it in our StudentController which we have created in Tut # 6: Create a new Controller in ASP.NET MVC.
- Open your StudentController.cs file and place this filter in it, as shown in below figure:
- First of all, we need to add our package TEPwebApp.ActionFilter, ActionFilter is the name of our folder we created for our custom filter.
- Now before the StudentController class, place the code for our newly created custom Filter [TEPCustomActionFilter].
- Now run your project and after website opened in the browser, stop your project and check your Output Pane.
- You will find the text, as shown in below figure:
- I have highlighted our Text in the above figure.
- So, our filter has executed after the StudentController class and it has displayed the info.
- Such Filters are used for listening purposes, we can listen different types of data through them.
- Have a look at this video to get better understanding of How to Create Custom Filter in ASP.NET MVC:
So, that was all about How to Create a Custom Filter in ASP.NET MVC. I am just focusing on the basic details here, we need to clear our concepts first and with practice we can become pro. Will meet you guys in the next tutorial, take care and have fun !!!